Wow, long time, no talk! I clearly broke my weekly posting streak. But, I promise that I have a pretty good reason for the 4 week hiatus…
I had a baby! Hello Friday Friends, I’d like to introduce you to Benjamin Asher. Our tiny guy was born a whole month early on July 31st at 4:18am and Mike and I are head over heels in love with him.The past month has been the best of my life. It has also been completely scary, a little overwhelming and totally disorganized. In just a short time, becoming a mom has taught me so much about myself—it’s tested my patience and proved my resilience. Motherhood has quickly forced me to let go of any and all control, plans, and the hope of ever having a good night’s sleep again (thank god for coffee and full coverage concealer). In my moments of doubt, when I’ve questioned whether or not I have what it takes, or if I’m doing a good job, I’ve found comfort and encouragement in my new personal affirmation, “This moment will not last forever. It is okay and I will be okay.” Everything about this past month has changed the way I see myself and the world. Although I certainly don’t know what I’m doing and each day is a learning experience, it almost feels like I was put on this earth to be Ben’s mom.Watching Mike become a dad has brought me more joy and happiness than I ever thought possible. I know lots of people say this but honestly he’s a natural. He has very little experience being around babies and yet he’s transitioned into the role seamlessly—I think even better than I have. We’ve shared so many moments where we just look at Ben and marvel in the fact that together we created this precious, beautiful life. My heart absolutely burst seeing my parents, sister and in-laws hold Ben for the first time. Ben has been welcomed into our family with unconditional love. I can’t wait for him to meet the rest of our family.
I want to take just a minute to thank all of our family and friends for the outpouring of love and support. It’s very humbling. Mike, Ben and I are very lucky to have such amazing people in our lives. Every gift, card, phone call, visit, text, words of encouragement and congratulations, has meant the world to us.
This week, I wanted to share a little bit of my birth story and catch you up to speed on what life has been like since baby Ben came into the world, but truth be told, I’ve struggled with finding a balance between #momlife and blogging (or anything else for that matter). I know pregnancy brain is real, because I lived it, but I figured it would go away once the baby arrived. Not true. I can’t seem to focus on much lately and my days are all starting to blend together. Most days, by the time I manage to pull myself out of bed, away from my napping baby, and reheat my coffee no less than 5 times, the morning is completely gone and the rest of the day quickly flies by too. We’re in that endless routine of feedings, diaper changes, pumping, baby laundry, cuddling and naps. And although I’ve tried to master the “nap while the baby naps” concept, I find myself watching him sleep or scrolling through the photos of him on my phone instead. I’m so creepy and I don’t even care.I’ve spent lots of time lately thinking about how having a baby and becoming a mom will alter the future of Hello Friday. I want to stay committed to my weekly posts—blogging is something I really enjoy and most weeks it’s my only creative outlet. But, I think undoubtedly, since my life has totally changed, some of the content I post will change too. Regardless, I hope you still stop by and continue to join me on this journey.
Over the next few weeks, like I mentioned, I’ll finally share my birth story and the details on our new normal. I’m also looking forward to showing you some of my favorite mom and baby must-have products.
See you next Friday! xx, Devon